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Grace and Glorie 

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Tom Zeigler's gentle, humorous play about an elderly Appalachian woman and a type A, urban-transplant hospice worker illustrates the range of American feminine experience. Esther McCormick gives the mischievous Grace an easy laugh, abundant common sense, and simple faith, exuding both lightness of spirit and the weightiness of Grace's impending death. Her subtlety in the role amplifies the artifice in Millicent Hurley Spencer's jagged, uneven turn as Harvard-educated Glorie. Despite the performer's likability, strong voice, and commanding presence, when the stakes are the highest Hurley Spencer stumbles over the emotional truth, flipping Glorie's pain on and off like a light switch. And if we're to believe she's a powerhouse New Yorker, her wardrobe definitely needs upscaling. Through 3/5: Fri-Sat 8:30 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-338-2177, $12-$15.

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